Designing Your Landscape? Plan For Erosion Control

If you are designing a new landscape for your yard, part of the planning of it should be for erosion control. You have likely seen erosion from major excavations, but you can also have erosion in your landscaping. You may not see mudslides or gullies in your yard, but erosion could still be happening. If you see exposed roots, mud on your pavement, or water splashes on your grass when you walk on it after a heavy rain, you likely have some erosion going on. Below are three ways you can prevent this problem from happening in your yard.


Riprap consists of loose stone that is either spread loosely across the slope or is imbedded into the ground. Riprap can divert water as well as slow it down. It is an effective method, but you may not like the way it looks. To take care of this problem, you can plant flowers in the areas between the stones. Rock garden plants also work well.


Planting flowers on the slope not only looks nice but can also control erosion. This works by the plants' roots anchoring the soil. It can be difficult to plant flowers on a slope, however. This is because the water runoff washes mulch and seeds away, and the soil can erode before the plants have had time to become established. Some plants can adapt quickly on slopes, however, including day lilies, wildflowers, Vinca, sedum, juniper, ivy, and cotoneaster. Native perennials also grow well there. If you are not sure what perennials are native where you life, ask someone at a garden center.

Erosion Control Blankets

Erosion control blankets can also be used on the slope that is being eroded away. These blankets can be purchased at most garden supply stores or home improvement centers. They usually have cores that are composed of wood shavings, straw, coir, jute, or coconut fiber. The blankets are then enclosed with a netting. This netting often used for this purpose is made of non-photodegradable plastic that is resistant to sunlight and will not degrade as quickly. The purpose of erosion control blankets is to hold onto or slow down water. You will likely have to replace the blankets every year or so. Erosion control blankets come with full instructions on how to install them, which is generally easy to do.

Contact a company like Specialty Construction Supply for more information. They can tell you the best erosion control method for you to use for your landscaping, needs.